My gallery-The Bronze Look- is located in the Historic District of Princeton, West Virginia at 311 Mercer Street. We have been a Blenko Dealer for three years now having just relocated to our refurbished 100 year old building. We have worked with Fenton Art Glass in the past doing special limited edition pieces for our customers and thought we could do the same for our Blenko Glass enthusiasts.
Working with Katie Garrison of Blenko we came together on an idea of 4 different perfume bottle reflecting the colors of Blenko and the four seasons in West Virginia. Randy Rider, Master Finisher for Blenko will be here for the release and signing of the 99 piece edition. The first piece will be tangerine and the edition is limited to 99. The remaining 3 bottles will be no more than 99 but right now we are setting the limit at 69. When Katie and I looked over the various molds and patterns we found that a decanter type perfume bottle 60's vintage of smaller porportions would be a perfect beginning. I also wanted a perfume bottle to retail for less than $60 if possible. The price came in at $60. The second bottle will be cobalt blue, the 3rd Spring Green and the fourth Ruby. We have not decided on any specific pattern for the other three.
I have been to many of the glass plants that are no longer operating in West Virginia. I hated to see Pilgrim Glass and Seneca Glass close as those were on my favorite places to visit. We actually now work with Kelsey Murphy, Past Art Director of Pilgrim Glass, in creating new pieces for our gallery using her blanks or Blenko or Fenton pieces. It is important to me that we work to promote and preserve the glassworking heritage of West Virginia. I know the economy may be having an effect on what or how people spend their money.
Thanks for all you do for promoting the Blenko Glass.